Articles by Ellen Knickmeyer



Taylor Steps Down, His Fate Unclear

  • 12 August 03
  • The Associated Press
President Charles Taylor, the former warlord blamed for nearly 14 years of bloodshed in Liberia and indicted on war crimes in Sierra Leone, surrendered power Monday to his vice president.

Badghad Arms Blast Kills at Least 10

  • 28 April 03
  • The Associated Press
The U.S. military blamed unknown attackers who they said fired four flares into the sprawling open dump, laden with 80 Iraqi missiles.

Thousands Protest in Baghdad

  • 21 April 03
  • The Associated Press
Thousands of Iraqis demonstrated against the U.S. occupation of Iraq on the second Muslim day of prayer since the regime's end.

Troops Enter Tikrit, 7 Missing Soldiers Found

  • 14 April 03
  • The Associated Press
U.S. Marines entered Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Sunday, signaling the imminent fall of the last major bastion of his loyalists.

American Troops Storm Into Baghdad

  • 08 April 03
  • The Associated Press
U.S. forces thundered deep into Baghdad on Monday, while British troops thrust to the center of Basra, ""delivering liberation"" to Iraq's second largest city.

U.S. Says Baghdad Is Encircled

  • 07 April 03
  • The Associated Press
U.S. forces controlled all major highways out of the Iraqi capital Sunday and the U.S. Central Command said as many as 3,000 Iraqi fighters were killed in a show-of-force foray into Baghdad by American armored vehicles.

Street Fighting on Road to Baghdad

  • 02 April 03
  • The Associated Press
U.S. soldiers on the road to Baghdad fought bloody street-to-street battles with Iraqi forces loyal to Saddam Hussein, while tense U.S. troops in southern Iraq shot and killed seven women and children when the driver of a van failed to stop at a checkpoint.

U.S. and British Troops Inch Toward Baghdad

  • 01 April 03
  • The Associated Press
Allied soldiers inched toward Baghdad on Monday, capturing or killing paramilitary and Republican Guard defenders.

British Troops Capture Iraqi General

  • 31 March 03
  • The Associated Press
A general from Saddam Hussein's army has been captured in southern Iraq and is being pressed to provide strategic information.

Hussein's Troops March On South

  • 27 March 03
  • The Associated Press
A 1,000-vehicle convoy of Iraq's Republican Guard headed south Wednesday toward central Iraq, site of the heaviest fighting of the war. In Baghdad, Iraqi officials said two cruise missiles hit a residential area, killing 14 people.

Sandstorms Slow U.S. Forces Down

  • 26 March 03
  • The Associated Press
Sandstorms slowed U.S. and British forces to a crawl and thwarted air missions Tuesday as U.S.-led forces edged closer to the Iraqi capital. In the south, British forces captured a senior Iraqi official and killed 20 fighters.

Iraqi Militia, Sand Snarl U.S. Troops

  • 25 March 03
  • The Associated Press
Coalition troops pressed toward Baghdad with new wariness Monday as militiamen loyal to Saddam Hussein proved they were not a beaten force.

U.S. Forces Storm Al-Qaida Holdouts

  • 29 January 02
  • The Associated Press
Wearing ""I Love New York"" buttons, U.S. Army Special Forces blasted their way into a hospital ward Monday and killed six al-Qaida gunmen who had vowed to never surrender, ending a nearly two-month standoff in a blaze of gunfire, smoke and explosions.

U.S. Increases Raids On Al-Qaida Targets

  • 15 January 02
  • The Associated Press
U.S. warplanes intensified bombing raids Monday on terrorist hideouts in eastern Afghanistan, hoping to smash Osama bin Laden's die-hard supporters, while a second batch of prisoners was flown under cover of darkness to Cuba.

Taliban Ministers Pardoned by Karzai

  • 10 January 02
  • The Associated Press
The Taliban defense and justice ministers and several other high-ranking leaders of the ousted ruling militia surrendered to officials of the new Afghan government and have been freed, a Kandahar commander said Wednesday.

Taliban Agrees to Cede Kunduz

  • 23 November 01
  • The Associated Press
The Taliban agreed Thursday to surrender its last northern stronghold, including thousands of Arabs and other foreign fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden, Northern Alliance commanders said.

Alliance Has 'Kinder' Form of Islamic Laws

  • 19 November 01
  • The Associated Press
Public floggings, a ban on women singing in public and a code permitting amputation of thieves' hands are part of the law in the de-facto capital of Afghanistan's anti-Taliban forces.

Taliban Proffers Surrender in North

  • 19 November 01
  • The Associated Press
The Taliban offered Sunday to surrender its last northern stronghold, an opposition commander said, but only if foreign fighters loyal to Osama bin Laden fighting alongside the Taliban are given guarantees of safety.

Trains Bring Daily Cargo Of Human Suffering